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    Crate Training and Sleeping at night

    We just got an eight week old French Bulldog puppy and are having trouble with her sleeping through the night. If we put her in her crate, she starts whining and won't sleep. Last night I had to sleep on the floor next to her so she would sleep. We have put away her water by 6:30 and made sure we play with her a lot during the day so she is more tired at night. Is there anything I can do to help her sleep better?

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    Re: Crate Training and Sleeping at night

    Welcome.

    Time for tough love; if you want her to stay in the crate you have to work through the whining.


    In general, it will eventually stop when she realizes the whining does not gain "freedom"; but it's tough to do and 8 weeks is "relatively young".





    By the way, did she fall asleep "quickly" when you lied down next to the crate?

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    Re: Crate Training and Sleeping at night

    We kennel trained our pups overnight & found that covering the kennel with a sheet or blanket worked good to help them fall asleep. Also at that age we got up midway thru the night or when they carried on to let them do their business.

    As far as tiring them out...our male is a sleepaholic but he always tired out more with mental stimulation. Training him to sit, give high fives, speak, etc. in short intervals thru the day seemed to work better to wear him out than all the walks & zooming in the yard! Our female (10 months) is a bit trickier, we are still searching for a way to tire her out, lol.

    They do both sleep in our bed now but will make a fuss to go out in the middle of the night.

    Hope that may help


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    Re: Crate Training and Sleeping at night

    My wife had a special elevated bed made for ours with a ramp it’s situated next to our bed and a wall, and guess what? They both sleep in our bed lol.

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    Re: Crate Training and Sleeping at night

    Our Broadie also did not like the crate and we had never crated our pets. Our bad he sleeps with us every night... we don't mind

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    Re: Crate Training and Sleeping at night

    We are still having some trouble with her sleeping in her crate. I think we will try having her sleep with us tonight. Hopefully that goes better!

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    Re: Crate Training and Sleeping at night

    She's still just a baby and they will always whine and cry at that age in the crate. Do you crate at all during the day to get her used to it? Have you tried giving her treats or her food in there so she sees it is a good place? If you want her to be crate trained, consistency will be the key and not giving in when she whines.

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    Re: Crate Training and Sleeping at night

    Yes, we have crate trained during the day. She does whine, but we make sure not to give in to the whining and let her out. We also give her treats if she goes in willingly and if she stops whining while in the crate. She is pretty good in her crate during the day and we have even left her in her crate to go run errands for a little while, but she doesn't want to sleep in there at night.

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